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Col Briggs Alden

Col Briggs Alden

Birth
Duxbury, Plymouth County, Massachusetts, USA
Death 4 Oct 1796 (aged 73)
Duxbury, Plymouth County, Massachusetts, USA
Burial Duxbury, Plymouth County, Massachusetts, USA
Memorial ID 42305495 · View Source
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Son of John Alden and Hannah Briggs and Mayflower descendant of John Alden and Priscilla Mullins. Col. John Alden dies in 1739, his wife Hannah Briggs Alden dies soon after. Their oldest son Samuel, living in England, becomes the owner of the Alden family home, while another son, Briggs Alden, continues to live in the house with his family. Samuel Alden dies in England in 1757 (age 44), leaving the house to his brother, Briggs. Briggs marries Mercy Wadsworth 18 Nov 1741, daughter of Ichabod Wadsworth (1686-1745) and Margaret Marshall (1702-1773). They live in the house and raise a family of 8 children until his death in 1796. Children of Briggs and Mercy Wadsworth Alden are Hannah (1743-1790) John (1744-1766) Son (1746-1746) Deborah (1748-1793) Major Judah (1750-1845) Nathaniel (1752-1833) Edith (1754-1815) Abigail (1755-1800) Samuel (1757-1779) Amherst (1759-1804). The John and Priscilla Alden Sites property consists of the c. 1700 Alden house and the c. 1632 original Alden Homestead site. The property owes it significance to the cultural impact of The Courtship of Miles Standish, a poem about the courtship of John Alden and Priscilla Mullins, written by Alden descendant Henry Wadsworth Longfellow and published in 1858. The public embraced the poem. It became one of the most popular national origin stories in American folklore. The property also is the location of important archeological fieldwork and analysis by Roland Wells Robbins (1908-1987), a pioneer in the field of historical archeology, making the site of national significance in the development in this field. Robbins located and excavated a foundation of the original Alden home in 1960, which yielded nationally significant data that shed light on the lifeways of the first English settlers in North America.


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  • Maintained by: Charlene Patton
  • Originally Created by: Anne Shurtleff Stevens
  • Added: 23 Sep 2009
  • Find A Grave Memorial 42305495
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Col Briggs Alden (8 Jun 1723–4 Oct 1796), Find A Grave Memorial no. 42305495, citing Mayflower Cemetery, Duxbury, Plymouth County, Massachusetts, USA ; Maintained by Charlene Patton (contributor 47275878) .